Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Two New Reference Methods and Two New Equivalent Methods, 65392-65393 [2014-26165]

Download as PDF 65392 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 213 / Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Notices state or local government authorized programs; and state and local government authorized programs implementing electronic reporting. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary, required to obtain or retain a benefit (Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMER) established to ensure compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA)). Estimated number of respondents: 102,387 (total). Frequency of response: On occasion. Total estimated burden: 38,491 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $2,086,380 (per year), including $1,438,861 in annualized labor costs and $647,519 in annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 1,272 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease occurred primarily because there was a decrease in the total annual number of employees complying with CROMERR’s identity proofing requirements. In estimating the annual number of employees complying with the CROMERR’s identity proofing requirements for this ICR, EPA was able to take advantage of improvements in data software and hardware capabilities and thus, develop estimates based on actual data instead of the complex calculations used in the currently approved ICR. In particular, EPA was able to obtain actual numbers and growth rates for the annual number of subscriber agreements submitted to CDX over the past several years. These data were used to improve the estimate for the annual number of subscriber agreements submitted by direct reporters. EPA believes that the respondent estimates included in this ICR are a reasonable approximation of the actual respondent universe. Dated: October 28, 2014. Connie Dwyer, Director, Information Exchange and Services Division. rmajette on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2014–26178 Filed 11–3–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Nov 03, 2014 Jkt 235001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL 9918–79–ORD] Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Two New Reference Methods and Two New Equivalent Methods Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of designation of two reference methods and two equivalent methods for monitoring ambient air quality. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, two new reference methods and two new equivalent methods. The reference methods include one for measuring PM2.5, and one for measuring PM10–2.5 in the ambient air. The two equivalent methods are one for measuring carbon monoxide (CO) and one for measuring ozone (O3) in the ambient air. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Vanderpool, Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (MD–D205–03), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Email: Vanderpool.Robert@ epa.gov. SUMMARY: In accordance with regulations at 40 CFR part 53, the EPA evaluates various methods for monitoring the concentrations of those ambient air pollutants for which EPA has established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs), as set forth in 40 CFR part 50. Monitoring methods that are determined to meet specific requirements for adequacy are designated by the EPA as either reference methods or equivalent methods (as applicable), thereby permitting their use under 40 CFR part 58 by States and other agencies for determining compliance with the NAAQSs. The EPA hereby announces the designation of one new reference method for measuring PM2.5, one new reference method for measuring PM10–2.5, one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), and one equivalent method for measuring ozone (O3) in the ambient air. These designations are made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 53, as amended on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54326–54341). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The new reference method for PM2.5 is a manual monitoring method based on a particular PM2.5 sampler and is identified as follows: RFPS–1014–219, ‘‘Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur2.5 PM2.5 Low-Volume Air Particulate Sampler,’’ configured as a PM2.5 reference method, with firmware version 1.70 or later and a TE–PM10–D PM10 size-selective inlet as specified in 40 CFR 50 Appendix L Figs. L–2 thru L–19, with either a BGI VSCCTM Very Sharp Cut Cyclone particle size separator or WINS impactor, and operated for 24 sample periods at a flow rate of 16.67 L/min, using 47 mm PTFE membrane filter media, and in accordance with the Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur2.5 PM2.5 Low-Volume Air Particulate Sampler instruction manual and with the requirements and sample collection filters as specified in 40 CFR part 50, Appendix L. The new PM10–2.5 reference method utilizes a pair of filter samplers than have been designated individually as reference methods, one for PM2.5 and the other one for PM10, and have been shown to meet the requirements specified in Appendix O of 40 CFR part 50. The PM2.5 and PM10 samplers are designated as reference methods RFPS– 1014–219 and RFPS–0714–216, respectively. The newly designated PM10–2.5 sampler is identified as follows: RFPS–1014–220, ‘‘Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur LowVolume Air Particulate Sampler Pair’’ for the determination of coarse particulate matter as PM10–2.5, consisting of a pair of Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur samplers, with one being the TE-Wilbur 2.5 PM2.5 sampler (RFPS– 1014–219) and the other being a TEWilbur 10 PM10 sampler (RFPS–0714– 216), and operated in accordance with the associated TE-Wilbur instruction manual. This designation applies to PM10–2.5 measurements only. The application for reference method determination for the PM2.5 method was received by the Office of Research and Development on September 29, 2014 and the PM10–2.5 method application was received on October 8, 2014. These monitors are commercially available from the applicant, Tisch Environmental, Inc., 145 S. Miami Avenue, Village of Cleves, OH 45002. The newly designated equivalent method for CO is a mercury replacement-UV photometric method and is identified as follows: EQCA–0814–217, ‘‘Peak Laboratories, Model 910–170 Carbon Monoxide Analyzer’’, (Mercury replacement—UV photometric method) operated on any E:\FR\FM\04NON1.SGM 04NON1 rmajette on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 213 / Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Notices full scale range between 0–50 ppm, at any operating temperature from 20 °C to 30 °C, using a back-flushing GC scrubber, 99.9999% nitrogen carrier gas at a gas pressure of 60–80 psig, with a column temperature of 105 °C, and a detector temperature of 265 °C; inlet flow of 20–100 mL/min; in accordance with the associated instrument manual, and with or without any of the following options: Rack mount kit, internal sample pump, 4–20 mA output module, particle filter, and data collection software. The application for equivalent method determination for the CO method was received by the Office of Research and Development on January 3, 2011. This monitor is commercially available from the applicant, Peak Laboratories, LLC, 2330 Old Middlefield Way Suite 10, Mountain View, CA 94043. One new O3 equivalent method is an automated monitoring method (analyzer) utilizing a measurement principle based on ultraviolet absorption photometry. The newly designated equivalent method is identified as follows: EQOA–0914–218, ‘‘2B Technologies Model 106–L or OEM–106–L Ozone Monitor’’ operated in a range of 0–0.5 ppm in an environment of 20–30 °C, with temperature and pressure compensation, internal dewLine for humidity control, using a 1 minute average, with a 12V DC source supplied by a 100–240V AC power adapter, operated according to the Model 106 Ozone Monitor Operation Manual and with or without the following: Cigarette lighter adapter or a 12V DC battery for portable operation, external PTFE or PVDF inlet filter and holder, USB data port with computer cable. The application for equivalent method determination for the O3 method was received by the Office of Research and Development on June 24, 2014. This monitor is commercially available from the applicant, 2B Technology, Inc., 2100 Central Ave., Suite 105, Boulder, CO 80303. Test monitors representative of these methods have been tested in accordance with the applicable test procedures specified in 40 CFR part 53, as amended on August 31, 2011. After reviewing the results of those tests and other information submitted in the application, EPA has determined, in accordance with part 53, that these methods should be designated as equivalent methods. As designated reference and equivalent methods, these methods are acceptable for use by states and other air monitoring agencies under the VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:39 Nov 03, 2014 Jkt 235001 requirements of 40 CFR part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance. For such purposes, the methods must be used in strict accordance with the operation or instruction manual associated with the method and subject to any specifications and limitations (e.g., configuration or operational settings) specified in the applicable designated method description (see the identification of the method above). Use of the methods also should be in general accordance with the guidance and recommendations of applicable sections of the ‘‘Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume I,’’ EPA/ 600/R–94/038a and ‘‘Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume II, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program’’ EPA–454/B–08–003, December, 2008. Provisions concerning modification of such methods by users are specified under Section 2.8 (Modifications of Methods by Users) of Appendix C to 40 CFR part 58. Consistent or repeated noncompliance should be reported to: Director, Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (MD–E205–01), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Designation of these reference and equivalent methods is intended to assist the States in establishing and operating their air quality surveillance systems under 40 CFR part 58. Questions concerning the commercial availability or technical aspects of the method should be directed to the applicant. Dated: October 24, 2014. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Director, National Exposure Research Laboratory. [FR Doc. 2014–26165 Filed 11–3–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9917–88–OEI; EPA–HQ–OEI–2014– 0466] Notification of a New System of Records Notice for the Labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS) Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Administration and Resources SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65393 Management is giving notice that it proposes to create a new system of records pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a). The Labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS) is being created to meet the needs of the Labor and Employee Relations (LER) Specialists, Attorney Advisors and Agency Leadership. This system will enable LER employees to access case information across the EPA for use in determining appropriate disciplinary penalties as well as reporting trends in LER issues. The system is accessed from an Internet browser using the Agency’s secured portal. DATES: Persons wishing to comment on this system of records notice must do so by December 15, 2014. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL 9918-79-ORD]


Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring 
Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Two New Reference 
Methods and Two New Equivalent Methods

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of designation of two reference methods and two 
equivalent methods for monitoring ambient air quality.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, two new 
reference methods and two new equivalent methods. The reference methods 
include one for measuring PM2.5, and one for measuring 
PM10-2.5 in the ambient air. The two equivalent methods are 
one for measuring carbon monoxide (CO) and one for measuring ozone 
(O3) in the ambient air.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Vanderpool, Human Exposure and 
Atmospheric Sciences Division (MD-D205-03), National Exposure Research 
Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. 
Email: Vanderpool.Robert@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with regulations at 40 CFR 
part 53, the EPA evaluates various methods for monitoring the 
concentrations of those ambient air pollutants for which EPA has 
established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs), as set 
forth in 40 CFR part 50. Monitoring methods that are determined to meet 
specific requirements for adequacy are designated by the EPA as either 
reference methods or equivalent methods (as applicable), thereby 
permitting their use under 40 CFR part 58 by States and other agencies 
for determining compliance with the NAAQSs.
    The EPA hereby announces the designation of one new reference 
method for measuring PM2.5, one new reference method for 
measuring PM10-2.5, one new equivalent method for measuring 
concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), and one equivalent method for 
measuring ozone (O3) in the ambient air. These designations 
are made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 53, as amended on August 
31, 2011 (76 FR 54326-54341).
    The new reference method for PM2.5 is a manual 
monitoring method based on a particular PM2.5 sampler and is 
identified as follows:
    RFPS-1014-219, ``Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur2.5 
PM2.5 Low-Volume Air Particulate Sampler,'' configured as a 
PM2.5 reference method, with firmware version 1.70 or later 
and a TE-PM10-D PM10 size-selective inlet as 
specified in 40 CFR 50 Appendix L Figs. L-2 thru L-19, with either a 
BGI VSCCTM Very Sharp Cut Cyclone particle size separator or 
WINS impactor, and operated for 24 sample periods at a flow rate of 
16.67 L/min, using 47 mm PTFE membrane filter media, and in accordance 
with the Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur2.5 PM2.5 Low-
Volume Air Particulate Sampler instruction manual and with the 
requirements and sample collection filters as specified in 40 CFR part 
50, Appendix L.
    The new PM10-2.5 reference method utilizes a pair of 
filter samplers than have been designated individually as reference 
methods, one for PM2.5 and the other one for 
PM10, and have been shown to meet the requirements specified 
in Appendix O of 40 CFR part 50. The PM2.5 and 
PM10 samplers are designated as reference methods RFPS-1014-
219 and RFPS-0714-216, respectively. The newly designated 
PM10-2.5 sampler is identified as follows:
    RFPS-1014-220, ``Tisch Environmental Model TE-Wilbur Low-Volume Air 
Particulate Sampler Pair'' for the determination of coarse particulate 
matter as PM10-2.5, consisting of a pair of Tisch 
Environmental Model TE-Wilbur samplers, with one being the TE-Wilbur 
2.5 PM2.5 sampler (RFPS-1014-219) and the other being a TE-
Wilbur 10 PM10 sampler (RFPS-0714-216), and operated in 
accordance with the associated TE-Wilbur instruction manual. This 
designation applies to PM10-2.5 measurements only.
    The application for reference method determination for the 
PM2.5 method was received by the Office of Research and 
Development on September 29, 2014 and the PM10-2.5 method 
application was received on October 8, 2014. These monitors are 
commercially available from the applicant, Tisch Environmental, Inc., 
145 S. Miami Avenue, Village of Cleves, OH 45002.
    The newly designated equivalent method for CO is a mercury 
replacement-UV photometric method and is identified as follows:
    EQCA-0814-217, ``Peak Laboratories, Model 910-170 Carbon Monoxide 
Analyzer'', (Mercury replacement--UV photometric method) operated on 
any

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full scale range between 0-50 ppm, at any operating temperature from 20 
[deg]C to 30 [deg]C, using a back-flushing GC scrubber, 99.9999% 
nitrogen carrier gas at a gas pressure of 60-80 psig, with a column 
temperature of 105 [deg]C, and a detector temperature of 265 [deg]C; 
inlet flow of 20-100 mL/min; in accordance with the associated 
instrument manual, and with or without any of the following options: 
Rack mount kit, internal sample pump, 4-20 mA output module, particle 
filter, and data collection software.
    The application for equivalent method determination for the CO 
method was received by the Office of Research and Development on 
January 3, 2011. This monitor is commercially available from the 
applicant, Peak Laboratories, LLC, 2330 Old Middlefield Way Suite 10, 
Mountain View, CA 94043.
    One new O3 equivalent method is an automated monitoring 
method (analyzer) utilizing a measurement principle based on 
ultraviolet absorption photometry. The newly designated equivalent 
method is identified as follows:
    EQOA-0914-218, ``2B Technologies Model 106-L or OEM-106-L Ozone 
Monitor'' operated in a range of 0-0.5 ppm in an environment of 20-30 
[deg]C, with temperature and pressure compensation, internal dewLine 
for humidity control, using a 1 minute average, with a 12V DC source 
supplied by a 100-240V AC power adapter, operated according to the 
Model 106 Ozone Monitor Operation Manual and with or without the 
following: Cigarette lighter adapter or a 12V DC battery for portable 
operation, external PTFE or PVDF inlet filter and holder, USB data port 
with computer cable.
    The application for equivalent method determination for the 
O3 method was received by the Office of Research and 
Development on June 24, 2014. This monitor is commercially available 
from the applicant, 2B Technology, Inc., 2100 Central Ave., Suite 105, 
Boulder, CO 80303.
    Test monitors representative of these methods have been tested in 
accordance with the applicable test procedures specified in 40 CFR part 
53, as amended on August 31, 2011. After reviewing the results of those 
tests and other information submitted in the application, EPA has 
determined, in accordance with part 53, that these methods should be 
designated as equivalent methods.
    As designated reference and equivalent methods, these methods are 
acceptable for use by states and other air monitoring agencies under 
the requirements of 40 CFR part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance. 
For such purposes, the methods must be used in strict accordance with 
the operation or instruction manual associated with the method and 
subject to any specifications and limitations (e.g., configuration or 
operational settings) specified in the applicable designated method 
description (see the identification of the method above).
    Use of the methods also should be in general accordance with the 
guidance and recommendations of applicable sections of the ``Quality 
Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume I,'' 
EPA/600/R-94/038a and ``Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution 
Measurement Systems, Volume II, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring 
Program'' EPA-454/B-08-003, December, 2008. Provisions concerning 
modification of such methods by users are specified under Section 2.8 
(Modifications of Methods by Users) of Appendix C to 40 CFR part 58.
    Consistent or repeated noncompliance should be reported to: 
Director, Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (MD-E205-
01), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711.
    Designation of these reference and equivalent methods is intended 
to assist the States in establishing and operating their air quality 
surveillance systems under 40 CFR part 58. Questions concerning the 
commercial availability or technical aspects of the method should be 
directed to the applicant.

    Dated: October 24, 2014.
Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta,
Director, National Exposure Research Laboratory.
[FR Doc. 2014-26165 Filed 11-3-14; 8:45 am]
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